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"Now there's a great trumpet player. He can play different from all of them!" —Miles Davis
"Now there's a great trumpet player. He can play different from all of them!" —Miles Davis

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Chick Corea on Woody Shaw
February 12, 2010 


"I first met Woody at our clandestine jam sessions at Juilliard School when it was up on 120 something street. We'd hide in some empty classroom with a piano, sneak the drums in (Wilson Morman) and have some fun while our teachers weren't looking. I remember us jamming with Hubert Laws, Pete Yellin, Lyle Atkinson and a wild fellow from NJ named Pete Rose who was the first guy I ever heard play the saxophone and sound like Trane. (By the way I'd love to find Pete Rose if anyone knows what happened to him.)
Woody and I were young and excited to be flexing our minds in the musical atmosphere that existed in New York City at that time by Miles, Trane, Horace, Monk, the Jazz Messengers, Ornette, Sonny and the other great musicians we were learning the trade from. Woody was way out in front right from the start. He had already developed a unique voice of his own on the horn coming through Clifford, Miles, Freddie and Lee. We were partners in this "illegal" music. That was 1959 and 60. Then in '65 I got a chance to record my first album - all my own music - and Woody was there playing his heart out along with Joe Farrell, Steve Swallow and Joe Chambers. We then made my 2nd recording "Is" in the spirit of the experiments that Trane was making in those days. Woody never hesitated - he was always ready to jump into the unknown and explore. That was the spirit that we aligned on.
Woody then continued on to burn up the world with his firery horn. He left an indelible mark on the jazz trumpet legacy and the spirit of his music will of course always be part of me and all the music world."

—Chick Corea

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Photo of trumpet legend Woody Shaw  Max Gordon, Founder of the Village Vanguard, sharing a special moment in Max's legendary club.
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woody shaw joe farrell quintet - Vim and Vigor part 2
Joe Farrell,
Woody Shaw,
Jean Adler,
Neil Swainson,
Ronnie Burrage

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Jazz at Lincoln Center mourns the loss of Clark Terry. #jazz http://ow.ly/JsKFl
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Jazz at Lincoln Center remembers the life and legacy of the great pianist and composer, Horace Silver. Our sincere condolences go out to Horace’s family, friends and fans and we celebrate his life with these words from our Director of Programming and Touring, Jason Olaine:

“At the annual California high school jazz band competition in 1984 or 85 held at the Monterey Jazz Festival I was 2nd trumpet for Gunn High School, under the direction of the great Rich Prioste. Horace Silver was a judge and when we broke for review (and I had taken an inspired yet very sad solo on one of his tunes -- I knew it then) the whole band sat there with all the judges. Horace called me out specifically and said, "Son, you play with passion and have intent. But you need to learn the (damn) chord changes!" I think I inserted the damn. But that's what it sounded like to me. And the way he looked me in the eye, it was like, "Don't you ever disgrace 'Song For My Father' like that again." But he also clapped me on the back afterwards, like "don't give up." But it felt more chastising than encouraging. And in hindsight -- I deserved it. Made me better...made me humble.

Years later I was booking Yoshi's, I was maybe 24 years old and he hadn't played there in some time. I reminded him of that teaching scenario and how it affected me. I told him that after that I actually studied and shedded his tune -- and started taking playing changes in general much more seriously -- although I couldn't guarantee I was any better. He said he didn't remember the exchange but that if it lit a fire, so much the better. AND he got a gig out of it (even if it was years later), so it must have worked out for both of us.
Horace and I always had a sweet friendship after that.
Love him.

Also loved that he would sign his albums (and, later, CDs) from the piano bench in between sets all the way until his next set started. Yes, he sold mostly Silveto albums that he owned but he also really loved interacting with his fans. He signed so many albums, and never seemed to tire.

What a smile. What a spirit. What music! His longtime agent Joanne Jimenez was, and is a saint. She really got him out and working again. Thank you JJ. Thank you Horace!”

Photo Courtesy of the Frank Driggs Collection at Jazz at Lincoln Center

#horacesilver   #jazz  
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This Day in #Jazz: #LouisArmstrong recorded "Satchmo at Symphony Hall" w/ drummer Big Sid Catlett & Jack Teagarden.
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A happy birthday to :

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) : singer, bandleader, trumpet. Had many hits including the 1964 US No.1 'Hello Dolly!', 1968 UK No.1 'What A Wonderful World’ plus ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’, ‘Ain't Misbehavin’, and ‘We Have All the Time in the World.’ Died 6th July 1971. 
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